Advanced battery technology is becoming a commonplace in
today's energy efficient vehicles. Today's hybrid vehicles make use of
nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and hybrids with advanced lithium-ion
batteries will be hitting U.S. roads within the coming months.
Lithium-ion batteries are also finding their way into
all-electric vehicles like the Tesla
Roadster and the Fisker
Hybrid Premium Sports Sedan (HPSS). The Tesla roadster can sprint to 60 MPH
in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 MPH. The Fisker HPSS, on the other
hand, will go 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds while its top speed is pegged at 125 MPH.
It looks as though another all-electric vehicle is about to
enter the fray -- Lightning Car Company (LCC) last week unveiled its Lightning GT.
The British car company said that at least one model of its Lightning GT will
have roughly 700 HP available on tap from a Hi-Pa Drive electric powertrain
(consisting of four 120 kW permanent magnet brushless motors) and 36 kW
NanoSafe battery system -- torque figures should also be quite lofty for the
vehicle given the intense twisting force available with electric motors.
The high-performance version of the Lightning GT will dash
to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds. LCC claims that a less powerful,
extended-range model will have a driving range of 250 miles -- expect the range
for the 700 HP version to be far less.
The sleek Lightning GT will feature a lightweight body
constructed of Kevlar composites and carbon fiber. The vehicle features a
tubular spaceframe backbone chassis, while 20" cast aluminum wheels
connect to the independent front and rear suspension.
LCC is currently taking £15,000 ($30,000 USD) deposits for
those looking to get their hands on a Lightning GT. The full price for the
vehicle is reported to be in the $300,000 USD range -- about three times that
of the Tesla Roadster.
quote: Tesla is being touted as the first of a wave of electric cars that will bring the most profound change in the auto industry since the first Model T rolled off Ford Motor's (F) assembly line 100 years ago. From Toyota (TM) to General Motors, (GM) the quest for clean air and independence from foreign oil is leading to the wall socket.
quote: Its hard for companies to push these things when the demand is so low.
quote: You can't just expect a car company to mass produce hydrogen cars out of nowhere. That would mean taking a HUGE risk of going out of business.
quote: Also, once cars switch from gas to electric, it will be much easier to implement solar/hydro/wind/nuclear power plants.
quote: I don't know how battery power will work out in those respects.
quote: Remember that the amount of energy consumed by a moving car does not change, an electric car just changes where you get that energy from.
quote: The power plants produce the same amount of electricity throughout the day and at night most of the electricity goes unused
quote: They only use less fossil fuels.
quote: Your pessimism arises from an impossible expectation and it wasn't worth injecting it into the discussion.
quote: not reason enough to say that we are polluting the world less by using electric cars.
quote: Whether you drive electric or gasoline powered vehicles you are still polluting and using fossil fuels.
quote: consisting of four 120 kW permanent magnet brushless motors)
quote: Providing high torque in a lightweight flat motor package, Hi-Pa Drive™ is ideally suited to vehicle in wheel drives , where its impact on suspension dynamics is minimal.
quote: where its impact on suspension dynamics is minimal.
quote: "... torque figures should also be quite lofty for the vehicle given the intense twisting force available with electric motors."
quote: I predict 1000lb-ft ... at 0 rpm .
quote: With an electric system, there is no "rpm" except at the tires and maybe a driveshaft so the standard RPM figure is not able to be used.
quote: Also some electric based vehicles have a small motor (not engine) at each wheel or 2 drive wheels which moves the vehicle so there is no need for a transmission or driveshaft.
quote: With ICEs RPMs are measuring engine speeds, No ICE has torque at 0 RPMs.
quote: But only if you can find one that has not been marked up like crazy. :)
quote: "four 120 kW permanent magnet brushless motors"
quote: The most powerful of which have a maximum of 750Nm of torque. See:
quote: Today's hybrid vehicles make use of nickel-metal hybrid (NiMH) batteries...
quote: The final-spec two-speed transmission will allow the Tesla to sprint to 60 MPH in 4 seconds, but it won't be ready until later this year.
quote: consisting of four 120 kW permanent magnet brushless motors) and 36 kW NanoSafe battery system
quote: So why even bother comparing this to currently available products?
quote: That new technology is the devil's work I tell you! -a pointless symbol of hedonistic excess.
quote: You have a Solstice? Why did you get one of those..... ALL of Pontiacs lineup is either too heavy, or to underbuilt...
quote: For a first electric supercar to do it in under four seconds, that's DAMN impressive.
quote: Case in point, there's very little technological similarity between a 600hp Ferrari V12